We've hit day 30 of our 60 Day Challenge, and I'd say things are going swimmingly. I'm definitely not as eager to reach the end as I was at this point in our 30 Day Challenge, so I'm taking that as a good sign. I think it has been easier partly because I knew what to expect coming into this one, partly because I've been so darn busy that I don't have time to wallow in the fact that I'm not eating pizza, but mostly because of the more relaxed rules this time around. Those small tweaks are making a big difference!
I think there's a good lesson in that thought: it doesn't have to be "all or nothing." I made just a few changes and now it feels infinitely more manageable for the long-term. And I'm seeing pretty much the same results.
Ok, here's a look back at the past 15 days:
Overall: Still Feeling Great! I'm actually starting to believe that I could eat like this forever. Of course I'd like to include things like dairy and sugar in my diet here and there, but I'm learning that I don't need them every day. Or even every week. Trying to include some dairy and grains without going back to eating them at nearly every meal will be the next trial.
Weight: -1.5 pound I'm down 1.5 pound from the last update, or 6.5 pounds from the start of the challenge. I also lost another inch from my waist, putting me down a total of 2.5 inches.
Workouts: Runs: 4, Body Pump: 3, Other: 2 I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with wedding stuff, and my workouts have taken a backseat. For example, I stayed home from the gym the other night to get all of the wedding invitations addressed and in the mail. Worth it. The Lincoln Half Marathon is on Sunday, and I think I'll feel very relieved when it's over. Not that my running has taken up so much of my time, but I've been dragging around the guilt associated with skipping training runs, and I'll be happy to let that go.
Also, I went to a team workout at the Crossfit gym in Lincoln with Katie last week. She's been asking me to join her for months and months, and I was finally confident enough to give it a try. (Thanks to Body Pump.) Holy cow, it was hard. Not that I expected their workouts to be easy...just that I wouldn't feel so bad while doing them. And then I was sore for days afterwards.
Meals From a Salad Bar: 6 Five of which were from the work cafeteria. Guess I got a little lazy with lunch-packing.
Deviations From the Plan: 3 (all at restaurants)
- I ordered miso dressing for my veggies without even thinking about the fact that miso is made from soy. It was delicious and I ate it all.
- I ordered a veggie burger (sans bun) hoping for the best. Unfortunately, it was a Boca burger, and therefore composed of almost all soy and no veggies. It was very disappointing.
- I swapped out a side of fries for cucumber salad, not realizing the dressing contained sugar. It was very sweet.
New Discoveries: 3
- Kate snagged a pack of these Q-Ginger sodas at William Sonoma the other day. They are so delicious! Spicy, bubbly, and not too sweet. They contain agave instead of corn syrup or sugar, so they fit right in with the challenge
- We knew about Terra chips before now, we just didn't purchase them regularly. I think we've gone through 4 bags in the past 2 weeks. Each bag is one serving, right? Two...?
- I picked up these plantain chips at Marshall's of all places and LOVE how thin they are. They are super crispy, and I'm digging the chili lime flavor.
Well, we're half-way through...staying strong and feeling good!